Yakima Music en AcciónYakima, WA, Orchestra Conductor

Full-timeYAMA’s Preludio Orchestra introduces students to string playing and ensemble team-building. We are looking for a Conductor who aligns with our values around collaboration, lifelong learning, and challenging the status quo. • Job Summary**: Like all Teaching Artists at YAMA, the Preludio Orchestra Conductor is responsible for on-site instruction at our El Sistema-inspired after-school program in partnership with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and the Yakima School District. TAs coach and support the development of leadership skills for our students within the context of a musical ensemble. The Preludio Orchestra Conductor will conduct our entry-level orchestra with an emphasis on fostering a feeling of belonging and safety; creating opportunities for students to practice leadership; building as many opportunities as possible for safe risk-taking and learning from mistakes; and helping students to create a confident setup on their instrument. The ideal candidate will guide the students in achieving our programmatic goals of musical excellence, building a strong technical foundation, student leadership development, and peer teaching and learning. • ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES_ • Collaborate with program staff to create a shared curriculum and pedagogy. • Teach students individually and in groups, using varied and creative teaching methods to support student learning, in areas including theory and musicianship, string technique, solfege, rhythm, ear-training, body movement, and written work. • Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students’ varying needs, skill levels, and interests, as well as to grow children’s confidence, respect, aspiration, drive, understanding, empathy, and emotional intelligence. • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects, both individually and as part of the YAMA teaching team, and teach toward those objectives. • Participate in ongoing professional development activities. • Offer basic conducting instruction and regular opportunities for students to conduct. • Engage in regular planning and debrief meetings. • Communicate and build rapport with parents, students, and fellow Teaching Artists to ensure success of the program. • Maintain the program’s culture of respect and high expectations, both musically and socially, in all learning and teaching contexts. • Uphold practices and procedures that ensure student safety and professionalism. • Observe and evaluate students’ performance, behavior, social development, and physical health. Partner with YAMA administrative staff and outside partners in evaluation efforts. • Embrace a flexible working schedule and environment to deliver a responsive program that is constantly developing to meet the needs of the children and greater community. • Participate in regular student performances; partner with program staff at performances to ensure student safety and success. • Integrate performance—during and outside of program time—as desired and able. YAMA operates on the premise that, as a Teaching Artist, one’s performance practice inspires one’s teaching practice, and vice versa. • Other duties as assigned. • PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS_ • Strong classroom management skills and passion for learning alongside young people. • Desire to empower students to conduct • B.A., B.M. or equivalent degree in Music Performance and/or Education. Minimum of two years experience teaching/conducting students of many levels. Years of relevant experience may be substituted for education. • Demonstrate excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher and performer. • Knowledge of string repertoire, curriculum, and music pedagogy preferred. • Commitment to the YAMA Teaching Team, which involves collaboration, communication, creativity, and curiosity. • Willingness to engage in the ongoing work of examining race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, religion, and age as they affect the functioning of our team, our efficacy as role models, and the role of YAMA in our community. • Strong ethical standards and ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. • Ability to travel as required (for performances, field trips, professional development). • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus. • ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT_ • Criminal history and background check required. • 3-month probationary period upon hire. • Up to five excused absences are permitted within the program year. • This job description is not an all-inclusive list, but is intended to summarize the duty responsibilities. Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA) retains the discretion to add to or change the duties of this position at any time. YAMA is an at-will employer and employment may be terminated at any time for any reason including, but not limited to, performance deficiencies and funding restrictions. YAMA is an equal opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids/services are available upon request to individual

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